New Mega Event March 25- April 7

This is my first trip. I honestly went without my list (which I do not recommend), but I was kid free so I had time to browse and calculate things as I went.

I got 15 REV burritos, 5 Krusteaz boxed things, box of crackers, 5 boxes of Special K bars,  15 gold fish, 4 barilla pasta, 2 Pam sprays, 4 rice a roni, 5 Palmolive soaps, 10 beef broth, 10 chicken broth, 11 barilla pasta, 10 prego pasta sauce, 4 BBQ sauce, 8 cans of fruit, 4 sugars, 5 fruit bloopers, 2 PF chang dinners, 1 pizza rolls, 1 sour cream, 6  pillsbury cinnamon rolls. I saved $154. 76 (57%). I spent $124.16 (after tax) on 128 items (that’s less than $1 per item.)

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Second little mini trip (I had 30 mins to accomplish this one) haha.

I got 5 Finish, 1 Palmolive, 5 colgate mouthwash (I had a raincheck from last sale). 2 toothpaste, 4 arm and hammer laundry soap, 2 glade candles, 10 betty crocker potatoes, 10 barilla pastas, 10 dole fruit cans, 5 special k bars, 2 barilla pasta, 10 steamables veggies, 2 eggo breakfast sandwich, 5 bob evans breakfast things, 8 REV burritos. I SAVED $110.74 (56%). I spent $96.03 on 82 items.

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Mega Event March 11-24th!

I saved the best for last!

Shopping trip number 1! 3/12

10 quaker oatmeal cups, 3 mustards, 1 danamials yogurt, 2 chilis, 5 hotdogs, 2 girl scott creamers, 4 unstoppables, 5 Colgate baby toothpaste, 5 Colgate toothpaste, 5 crest toothpaste, 2 starbucks coffees, 6 nurtrigrain bars, 5 little bites, 4 bags of rice, 10 boxes of hamburger helper, 5 dry idea deo, 5 right guard deo, 4 net gear, 2 olay lotions, 5 soft-soap body wash, 3 aloe irish spring 8 ct, bars, 5 loreal shampoo, 5 mr. clean, 4 suave kids, 5 irish spring gear body wash, 4 tide pods, 2 resolve spot cleaner, 5 dawn dish soaps, 4 cascade dish det, 7 frozen veggies, 5 banquet dinners, 6 atkins frozen dinners, 2 4pk angel soft, 1 pine sol, 2 potatoes, 1 glade trash bags, 1 bag of carrots, 5 bic razors, 5 kids toothbrushes, 5 crest toothbrushes, 5 colgate toothbrushes. 174 items!

I would have spent $608.71! Instead I saved 66% which was $372.82!!! I spent $214.59!

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Shopping trip number 2. on 3/16

(this shopping trip I took someone with me and i did it after working 8 hours. It was her first time so I was trying to help/show her and do my shopping too, and I was there for about 2 hours longer than usual. I mean hey, it was 2 people shopping, but I was a little off my game towards the end haha.)

Anyways, 5 lil bites, 6 nutrigrain bars, 2 fruit squishes, 15 hamburger helpers, 10 quaker oatmeal cups, Mandarins, 8 suave shampoos, 3 cascade action pacs, 6 dial body wash, 3 mr. clean , 5 rice, 5 dawn dish soaps, 2 irish springs 8pk bar soaps, 5 scrubby bubbles, 2 tone bar soaps, 4 jelly beans, 1 pack capri sun, 5 playtex tampons, 6 packs of pull-ups, 3 scrubby bubbles toilet cleaners, 5 crest toothpaste, 5 colgate toothpaste, 4 gain flings, 4 unstoppables, 4 purex crystals, 3 3pk buggie wipes, 5 sandwich meats, 1 loaf of bread, 1 fanatik cleaner, 4 cream cheese, 1 dry idea, 5 right guard deodorant, 4 gear deo, 6 skinny cow, 2 bic razors. 151 items!

I would have spent $590.26. I saved 55%, $303.22. I spent $273.19 (obviously more than I wanted but 55% is decent).

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shopping trip number 3: 3/19

4 skinny cows, 5 irish spring gear body wash, 2 scrubby bubbles toilet cleaner, 5 shout stain remover, 6 fantastik cleaners, 1 scrubby bubbles cleaner, 5 windex, 3 pledge floor care, 1 pine sol, 2 cover girl mascara, 5 colgate toothpaste, 2 unstopppables, 2 dish soaps, 3 clean n clear facial scrub. 46 items total.

I would have spent $186.44. I save 70% (yes 70!!!!) which was $124.10 I spent $62.34.

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LoveLOVELove my deep freezer!!!

I love making extras when we cook so nights we don’t have time to cook we can still have a home-cooked meal.

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Love this thing too!!! It’s my current food saver! And it has a vacuum hose to do can goods!

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Oatmeal!!! Taste so much better than instant and it’s just as fast!

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chopping a bag of onions (bc I hate doing it, so I decided to do it all at once). Also did this with garlic!

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made BBQ sandwiches! and doubled the reciepe to have some to freeze!

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Already grilled pork-chops two different types.

I’ve also done two types of beef stews and a chili! (the key is to put it in a ziploc bag and lay flat on a cookie sheet then after its frozen it will stand up in a basket!)

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Dry erase markers wipe right off so as we take something out we can mark it off and know exactly what’s in there.

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Kroger mega event buy 6 save $3

Shopping trip number 1…

2- minute rice,  2 velveta  shells and cheese, 3 mac and cheese, 3 boxes of pasta, 10 pasta sides, 10 ramen noodles, 4 pepperonis, 3 tunas, 5 REV burritos, 8 pancake pouches, 5 chicken dinner, 4 ole-ida potatoes, 2 boxes of trash bags 5 pakcs of pull ups, 9 boxes of kleenex, TP, 5 lean cuisine, 2 nacho bites, 1 box of sausage biscuits. NEXT PICTURES are same trip…

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continuing on from the same trip 3- 7 up 10, 2 more mac and cheese, 6 hormel chili, 10 cans of rotel, 5 Alfredo sauce, 5 pasta sauce, 12 cans of Pringles, 10 bags of skittles, 2 bags of poppers, 5 toothbrushes, 4 toothpastes, 3 shave gels, 5 dove hairspray, 5 men dove body wash, 10 dove shampoo/cond, 5 carees body wash and 2 digiorno pizzas.

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SUPER LONG RECEIPT! I bought 176 items, I spent (after tax) $197.62. I saved 58% which was $241.65.

NEXT TRIP (mostly the stuff they were out of on the first trip).

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2 packs smithfield bacon, 6 packs of hot dogs, 10 cans of peanuts, 8 quakers popped chips, 10 bags of skittles, 4 baby wipes, 3 finish dishwasher gel, 4 shave gel, 9 kleenexs, 5 rolls of paper towels. I got 61 items, I  spent $26.24. I saved $101.09 thats 83%.

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If this doesn’t make you want to coupon..

.. Then I don’t know what will. HERE is the updated pics of my pantry/basement!!! Yes I do spend money… I’m not a super extreme couponer and I am extremely busy (Like I currently work 6 days a week and have a 2 yr. old 24/7, when I started couponing I worked 2 jobs and was getting 2 degrees from MTSU simultaneously.. oh and I have a relationship and I have dinner with my grandparents at minimum once a week at my house and I cook for them like I still have a life)…. I get 5 copies of the paper each week (I know people who get 20+ copies). Couponing is not impossible no matter how busy you THINK you are. If your going to get started go read my blog about getting started (in august). In the beginning I made many mistakes (buying things just because I had a coupon… buying things I’d use but it wasn’t a good deal (yet) etc.)… We eat at home basically 3 meals a day, I get a grilled cheese from sonic for breakfast occasionally, and we go out to eat every now and then, but for the most part we eat at home. Walker eats breakfast at home 7 days a week.. He eats lunch here or we back his lunch for daycare, I take my lunch to work from home, then we cook dinner, and one day a week we cook for my grandparents. (That’s a lot of eating at home.) Saving money from not eating out AND saving money from couponing means we get to do other things.. (like remodel areas of the house and go the aquarium and what not).

These are my shelves currently.. There’s been 2 mega events since I made Christmas baskets so I’ve got to restock some…

Up first laundry! (the bottom shelf held my christmas baskets and free harbor freight stuff I think now I’ll put photo equipment on it now.)

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Up next first shelf is smelly goods, then Soaps (dish soaps, hand soaps, body soaps), then Toilet paper and mouth wash, then Paper towels.

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Next shelf: up top diapers, wipes. 1st shelf, Body Washes, then shampoos, then cleaning products, then junk (bug sprays, paints).

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Next is the “mini shelf” that was 100 times more complicated to put together and 50 less stable (I hate it lol).

Up top: basket of toothbrushes, basket of floss/dental picks, toothpaste. Next shave creams and razors, face washes and women’s deodorants. next mens deodorant. Next hair products, make up. Next basket of pens, tampons n such.

 

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A look from the stairs……

 

 

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Back wall… This wall use to be cleaning/shampoo stuff only.. Now its somewhat of a catchall. Top shelf is wreath mesh rolls and cake decorating stuff.. the extra pasta noodles, rice and pasta sauces. Next is sauces and dressings. next is cake mix, sugar, coffee, tea, and broths. Next icings, and sweet baking stuff. next cleaning stuff so I don’t have to walk downstairs.

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Its really hard to take a picture of the pantry because there’s a door behind me. I love that I designed my shelves and spacing before I hung them.

Up top is extras (cereals, snacks, mesh rolls, paper towels.) Next is snacks and candy. Next is mac and cheese, PB, basket of potatoes, crackers and tomatoes/pineapples. Next is cans raviolis, soups, tunas, Veggies, beans, fruits. Next boxed items, noodles, rices, salad pastas. Next is breakfast.. cereals, oatmeal snack bars, muffins. then juices and drinks.

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Up last is my fancy door organizer :).. I use it for spices, packets of tuna, protein bars, candy bars, popcorn, fruit squishys, etc.

 

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My newest addition is my new freezer! I got it used for $75 and it works like a charm!!! I will post soon about all these great precook recipes and storage ideas I’ve found!!  For now I use a dry erase marker to keep up with what’s in my freezer (you just wipe off a tally mark when you take something out). My first precooked freezer meal was oatmeal (I cooked oatmeal for breakfast for me and Walker on thursday) I just tripled the recipe and then let it cool and froze it in the cupcakes for a few hours then popped them out and put them in a bag. Now I just have to heat it up for like 30 seconds (versus the like 25 mins it takes to make oatmeal normally.)

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